Rising Star OST


Welcome to Rising Star JCPRD's Out of School Time (OST)


If your child(ren) will not be attending JCPRD please call, 913.438.9650, by 3p, or email molly.erwin@jocogov.org by 2p

Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 7th-CLOSED, NO CARE due to the observance of Labor Day

Tuesday, September 8th-Our 1st All Day Care Day, JCPRD hours 7a-6p. We will be going on a field trip to Valley Park in Grandview, Missouri. We will be departing the school after lunch (around noon) and will not return until 4 pm. Your child(ren) will need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle. We DO NOT refrigerate or heat lunches. Please keep all technological devices and toys safe at home.

If you missed the Parent Orientation you can visit jcprdkids.com and read the Parent

Handbook online, please go over the Code of Conduct with your child(ren).

Please keep in mind that we open at 7am and close at 6pm. Late fees apply after 6p, a $1 per minute and will be strictly enforced.

School iPads

The students will be getting iPads soon and I know that there have been questions concerning the addition of the iPads. Listed below are some of the few.

Q- "Will my child be able to use his/her iPad for homework?"

A- Yes. There will be a table designated for iPad use only. Ipads should only be used for homework. Also, there will be a time limit to the iPad use. After we are aware of the average amount of time to complete these assignments, we will determine the time.

Q-"How can I make sure that my child's iPad will remain safe during JCPRD?"

A- We at JCPRD, have a lock box for the school iPads. Each child will be responsible of signing in his/her iPad, as well as signing out their iPad and taking it home with them. We will not be at the school after hours or before hours to unlock the box for your child. This is a responsibility that you or your child will need to take care of.

If you have any other questions concerning this, please refer to the JCPRD policy below.

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Extra Extra-curricular Activities

If your child(ren) plans on joining an after school activity or club that is sponsored by SMSD/Rising Star or outside services, such as Scouts, Safety Patrol, and others, please notify us about the specific times and dates they will attend and if they will join JCPRD's OST afterwards. It will be the sponsor's responsibility to escort your child to JCPRD.

JCPRD's 60th Celebration

Come join Johnson County Parks and Recreation in celebrating our 60th year serving Johnson county communities on Sunday, September 20th. Enjoy live entertainment and music (Liverpool and Mr. Stinky Feet are a few of the featured musicians), food & beverages, family activities, animals, hayrides, and much more in Shawnee Mission Park's Theatre In the Park, 11am-5pm. Click on the link for more information, CELEBRATE 60!


Participation in the program is a privilege, not a right. The ability of each participant to consistently practice positive life skills is essential to ongoing enrollment. The following set of non-negotiable standards for participation is designed to allow participants to self-regulate behavior. 1.) Respect the right of others to courtesy and personal space. 2.) Manage anger in appropriate ways. 3.) Respect and respond to adult authority. 4.) Accept differences among the group. 5.) Accept responsibility for own actions. These are reasonable expectations for any child participating in a group program setting. The actions of each individual influence the quality of participation for the entire group. Our goal is to facilitate successful participation for each child through the joint understanding, support, and practice of these positive life skills.

Bring in Your ID

Please have your ID ready to show when picking up your child(ren). We know we will have returning students and parent,s but when we have subs and new staff, they will ask for your ID. This is for your child's protection, thank you for your support on this.


We have a new change when signing in and out your child(ren). Parents will need to continue to add the time you sign in and out your child(ren) BUT you will also need to sign your initials as well. Inform your authorized persons picking up your child(ren) about our change.

Verifying Pick Ups-If we do not get a call, email, or note stating another person besides parents are not picking up, we will call to verify this. Please call the site number at 913.438.9650 if someone else is picking up your child(ren) so that our staff is informed and can attend to the kids.

Please remember to initial and time in and out your child(ren) daily.

Setting Goals and Improving Quality of Life

HUGS = Love Drug?

Did you know that if you give a full contact body hug for at least 20 seconds at a time, you both have the potential to release oxytocin, the "love" hormone? For children and adults, who undergo stress, both releasing cortisol (the stress hormone), the 20 second body hug can be a wonderful and helpful antidote for the other. The more times a day you can do this, the better! Give a loved one a hug today!

Physical Activity

Another way people can destress, can be physical exercise. Physical activity, releases chemicals called endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body. The feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

During our OST program, our kids have been doing various physical activities, including running on the trail outside of the school, in order to work towards a "goal" that each student sets for him(her)self. Lily Dixon told me that she wanted to complete one mile. Lily was able to achieve this goal with much ease. The next day, Lily told me that she wanted to increase her goal to two miles. That day, she surpassed her goal and completed 3 miles. Not only are kids working on challenging their bodies, mentally and physically, but also are receiving the benefits of the endorphins being released. The kids seem to feel a sense of "accomplishment"; in addition, are relieved from any stress of the day.


Fee Due Dates:

Friday, September 11th

Friday, September 25th

Early Dismissal:

  • None this month

Upcoming Closures:

  • Monday, Sept 7th, LABOR DAY, NO CARE

All Day Care Days:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8th, Hours: 7a-6p. FIELD TRIP to Valley Park in Grandview, Missouri. MAKE SURE you sign the permission slip, when signing your child in for the day. Also, please have your child(ren) bring a sack lunch and a water bottle.


  • Check-In: We will check students in at the Café. If you know your child(ren) will not be in OST please call us at 913.438.9650 or email me at molly.erwin@jocogov.org If a student has not checked in with us, we will contact you if we haven't heard from you first.

  • Snack: We are very excited to report that we have taken the Commit to Health Pledge! In doing so you can expect to see our out of school time participants engaging in more physical activity, learning about good nutrition, and eating healthier snacks while in attendance at JCPRD. Commit to Health is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park and Association and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Our staff has worked hard to develop a new food service menu that features items that are nutrient dense, low in fat, sugar, and sodium, as well as more fresh fruits and vegetables. Please support our efforts to help students develop healthy eating habits by encouraging them to be open to trying new foods and by reinforcing the benefits of nutritious diet. Healthy snacks and meals improve cognitive function, increase energy, and help children grow strong muscles and bones!

  • Homework/Reading time: During snack time your child(ren) can sign up for our homework/reading time that will begin directly after snack (roughly 3:30pm) in the café. We encourage kids to sign up but do not force them. When they do sign up we do expect them to come to the room and QUIETLY do their homework or read for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Activities: We will provide clubs for kids to experience a wide range of activities. Some of the clubs that we have had include: Chess, Writing, Cooking, Art & Crafts, Kid Fit, and STEAM. As we progress through out the months, new clubs may be added.

  • Outside/Gym Time: We believe it is essential for minds and bodies to have mental health breaks and join in on fitness breaks. Weather permitting we will go outside. JCPRD follows the Shawnee Mission school district’s weather policy. Please remember to have your child(ren) layer up and bring a jacket with their name labeled inside it. We will have structured activities for them to do during this time as well as free play.

  • Check-Out: When you come to pick up your child(ren) please remember to WALK IN and SIGN THEM OUT. There is a late charge of a $1 per minute after 6:00pm

Rising Star OST Staff

Morning Care:

Karen Schluben-Lead Teacher M-F
Shari Easley-Program Director M-F

After School:

Mackenzie Cox-Lead M-F

Chance Lucas-Lead Teacher M-F

Saige Cullen-F

Katy Barnes-Lead Teacher T

Reggie Black- Assistant Teacher- M-F

Maddy Shackelford- Assistant Teacher- M-F

Emily Beeler- Assistant Director/Lead M, Th, F

Molly Erwin-Program Director M-F